Call me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Publisher & Release: Loveswept, February 9, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Chicago
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 242 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.
Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clementine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
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This is the first book I have read by Ellie Cahill, and I was pleasantly surprised. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via InstaFreebie. Call me, Maybe is a sweetheart of a story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
While waiting for a flight to San Diego, Clementine Daly’s brother grabs her cell phone from the charging pillar while she goes to the ladies room. When she digs her phone out of her bag once the plane lands, she discovers she has dozens of missed calls from her own number. Her brother took the wrong phone.
When she talks with Justin Mueller, the man who has her phone, they discover they’re both from Chicago and will be returning on Friday. They agree to stay in touch each day to relay any messages they receive for each other. Their daily texts and conversations are flirty and begin to heat up.
When they meet on Friday, she discovers Justin is the man she almost fell on at the airport. The attraction that started while they had each others’ phones ignites, and they can’t leave each other alone and don’t want to. Will this mishap lead to a lasting relationship?
Clementine is an endearing heroine. She’s funny and adorable. She has quite a few insecurities and for good reason. Her parents left her with her grandparents when she was five years old and went on their travels and rarely looked back.
Now that she’s graduated from college, she doesn’t know what she wants to do, but she does know she isn’t willing to fall in line and join her uncle in real estate out in California as her grandfather suggests. I enjoyed her rebellious side as a secret Book Blogger when her family told her that under no circumstances was she to be on any form of social media after the disaster when she was nineteen.
I fell in love with Justin’s character right away. He’s easy-going and charming in a boy-next-door kind of way. I loved his openness with Clementine. Now, I do believe he could have handled things a bit differently when conflict arises between him and Clementine.
I loved all their banter back and forth, whether over the phone or when they meet when they both return to Chicago. Ms. Cahill’s dialogue sparkles, and I liked her straightforward approach. I’m also glad she doesn’t have a lot of angst in this book. So many times, New Adult is full of it. I also enjoyed the absence of profanity that seems to go hand in hand with this sub-genre.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted romance with amusing characters, then you will enjoy this Happily-for-now love story as much as I did. This would be a great read for young women who do not want a book filled with sex, profanity and drugs. I will definitely look for other books by Ms. Cahill. Happy reading!